Though Martin seeds the second and third books with hints that Robb Stark isn’t cut out for the game of thrones any more than his father was, the Red Wedding still comes as a massive shock. The Avenging Son cliche and our expectations that the Lannisters must pay for their crimes against House Stark, are so ingrained in us from countless box office films and traditional fantasy novels that we can’t see it coming. And even if we did see the Red Wedding headed our way, we’d all probably hope that Martin was joking, that he wouldn’t dare. So, on my second read through the series, I decided to lay out the ways in which George R.R. Martin tries to warn his readers that Robb Stark is headed for a ruin of his own making…Read more.
I admire Ned, because he is morally conflicted about the decisions he makes. He’s one of the few characters in this series who wants to be a good man and do the right thing. But, Ned frustrates me to no end, because the decisions he makes effect his family in terrible ways that he can’t even begin to understand. Ned acts, because it’s the honorable thing to do for Robert’s memory. He gives Cersei Lannister mercy, because he’s honorable and doesn’t want her children murdered, while in the same breath admitting that the honorable Lord Stark serves a man who would murder women and children, if given the chance and the provocation. So concerned is Ned with honor and doing the right thing by Cersei and her children that he doesn’t spare a moment to consider the fate of his own children if he commits to action against the Lannisters. His testimony that Joffrey is a bastard, unfit to sit the Iron Throne, results in his arrest and execution and sparks a war that plunges the Seven Kingdoms into a brutal conflict right before the end of summer.
To be honest, I’m not sure there’s any honor in serving a man like Robert Baratheon and I’m not sure if I’m more annoyed with Robert for not being a better king or upset that Ned and his family pay such a terrible price for Lord Stark’s sense of duty. Read more…
Sansa Stark is, without a doubt, one of the most hated characters in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. The argument runs that she’s a weak and stupid girl who believes in fairy tales and things like nobility and honor. My answer to that? Sansa, unlike quite a number of Starks and Lannisters and Baratheons, is still alive and playing the game. For the purposes of this post, I’m only going to focus on the events of the first book, when we really see Sansa’s character shift and change as she transforms from a good northern lady into a calculating young woman who sees her enemies clearly. Read more…
ncarnate was one of those books I wanted to love. The premise is great. On a world were one million souls have been reborn over and over again for thousands of years, one soul winks out of existence and a new soul is born. Ana is that new soul, something never seen before on her world. The possibilities for this story were endless. But then I started reading. Here’s my full review.
This past week, I introduced my husband to HBO’s Game of Thrones. We wrapped up the first season this past Sunday and spent the rest of the evening discussing some of the more distressing scenes and plot points, debating which characters might end up on the Iron Throne and whether or not the Iron Throne even matters, with the trouble stirring in the north. Then, after we kept talking about the series on the drive to the restaurant and discussed it over dinner, I decided I might do a series of long-reads posts on this blog. I started reading the books when I was in high school and I picked up A Dance with Dragons a few weeks ago. As much as I want to know what happens in Martin’s story, I’ve held off reading this most recent novel, because I can’t stand long waits between books. But, now I’m giving the series a re-read and drafting a few posts: reviews, character studies, and discussions about power, truth, and ethics in Westeros. Here’s my full write up!
These are all extremely fair points
I just read the first 50 pages of this novel and I fell completely in love with Alina and Mal and the Darkling. So, so fantastic.
Oh, God, the great and terrible beauty of it.